For the past four years, I’ve been struggling with a range of different, undiagnosed symptoms. I’ve visited various specialists and undergone numerous test, but nothing seemed to be wrong.
As the time passed and I wasn’t feeling any better – nor getting any answers – I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and figure out natural ways to improve my health and well-being.
The past three months have been truly illuminating and for the first time my symptoms seem to be fading. I still haven’t sorted everything out, but these 10 simple steps have definitely worked wonders.
I aim for 8-9 hours of sleep every night. Going to bad between 10 and 11PM means I wake up without an alarm clock and still early enough to enjoy my morning routine and have enough energy throughout the day.
Drinking plenty of water and herbal tea helps in the detox process and boosts the metabolism. I avoid soda, sugary drinks, fruit juices and alcohol and indulge in no more than 1 cup of coffee per day.
Staying active on a regular basis is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. I like to incorporate at least 3-4 yoga classes into my weekly schedule and, if possible, add a few recreational walks in between.
Whenever I feel really tired, overwhelmed and drained of energy, I make it my priority to relax, recharge and refocus. If that means suspending my workout routine for a week, I do so free from guilt and judgment.
Fuelling our bodies with wholesome, nutrient-rich foods makes all the difference. Personally, I thrive on a gluten-free, diary-free, low-sugar diet. Learning about nutrition really transformed my relationship with food.
I love planning, shopping for and preparing my meals. It gives me a better understanding of what my body likes and needs. I let myself be guided by my feelings and allow myself to really enjoy the whole process.
I try to stick to a 10 to 12-hour eating window, such as 8AM to 8PM, to give my digestive system a break and boost my metabolism. It’s also helps me get more awareness of my emotional eating patterns.
Our cravings are often a silent cry for attention, a result of unexpressed feelings and unaddressed needs, such as frustration, exhaustion or sadness. I believe in giving the body what it wants and allow myself to enjoy occasional treats.
Balance is key to a healthy life and state of mind and it couldn’t be truer than when it comes to our hormones. Eating the rights foods can reduce symptoms of hormonal imbalance like mood swings, low energy levels or weight gain.
There’s no one size fits all solution. It’s been a trial-and-error process figuring out which foods are best for my body. Once I’ve found the lifestyle that works for me, I’ve really learned to love it and can’t imagine going back to my old self.